3 deaf fraternity brothers finish cross country bike ride in Virginia Beach


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Bicycling across the country isn’t easy.

So imagine doing it without being able to hear.

Three deaf college students did just that, and they arrived in Virginia Beach on Monday.

Dakota Daniels, Jake Grindstaff and Gilwon Seo are Kappa Gamma fraternity brothers at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C.

They told 10 On Your Side through text that this was just a lifelong dream for them and they made it happen. 

Daniels, Grindstaff and Seo are incredible men, but it’s not only their handi-capable ability that makes them incredible, it’s their bravery to embark on a journey across country not knowing what was in front of them.

Starting on June 1 in Seattle, Washington, they started their bike journey across the country.

They made stops in places like Indiana, Texas, and Kentucky, then finally in Virginia Beach.

All of their friends and family were waiting for them at the end.

Dakota said through text that he, Jake and Gilwon are like brothers and he wouldn’t imagine doing this ride with anyone else.

“The ride was so unreal and unbelievable, especially riding with my bros Jake and Gilwon, they are my brothers but from another mother, so many fun memories and great support system.”

It was a support system that inspired the trip. Dakota said his dad is the reason behind the trip.

He said he has been dreaming about doing this ride since he was 14, after reading about how his dad did a similar ride from Maine to California. He said he was inspired from his pictures and stories.

He said the ride may be over but the memories will last a lifetime.

If you want to learn more about their trip, click here.

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